Zinedine Zidane ‘rejects Real Madrid approach’, prefers Juventus

Zinedine Zidane has rejected an approach from Real Madrid to return to the club as Coach and also has an offer from Italian champions Juventus, report El Pais.

The report claims Madrid made a ‘tentative approach’ for the former midfielder, who rejected the approach but ‘not conclusively’, meaning that a renewed question in the summer may still be an option.

The Spanish newspaper claims Juve – another of his former playing clubs – had also made contact, and indeed made a formal approach of a three-year contract commencing this summer, despite Max Allegri still being at the helm.

The Frenchman spent 30 months in charge of Los Blancos and led them to an unprecedented three successive Champions League titles, alongside the 2017 La Liga crown.

He departed in May last year, less than a week after guiding the side to their latest European gong, citing fatigue and the need for him to take time out of the game.

Reports last week in La Sexta and Marca claimed Madrid have already made contact with the former star player and he had yet to rule out returning to the hotseat in summer.

Current incumbent Santiago Solari appears to have an increasingly uncertain future at the club while Jose Mourinho has been linked with a return to the club.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and the out-of-work Antonio Conte are two other candidates for Los Blancos, who look set to be looking for a new boss come the summer.

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